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Orionids meteor shower to light up night sky – here's when to see it



The skies above Scotland will be bright with 'shooting stars' next week as the Orionids meteor shower peaks.

The shower is created by Halley's Comet, one of the most well-known comets, and is set to light up the skies on the night of Monday-Tuesday next week.

Orionids showers are known to rip through the skies extremely fast, and can plummet into the Earth's atmosphere at around 41 miles per second.

Sometimes a meteor can be exceptionally bright and break up into fragments, a bit like the skies natural fireworks.

Here's everything you need to know about the beautiful display.

When does the Orionids meteor shower peak?

This year the shower will peak in on the night of Monday-Tuesday, October 21

-22. Keep a lookout for the night sky in the days leading up to 22nd though, as you might still catch a meteor or two before dawn breaks.

On the night of the 21st stargazers will be able to see 10-20 meteors light up the skies every hour.

The Orionids meteor shower always takes place around mid-October to November.

The best time to see it is around 2am on Tuesday morning, when the showers will be at their brightest and most visible. [19659003] If we're lucky we could see up to 80 meteors an hour.

How can I see it?



Astronomers and star gazers consider it to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year

Experts recommend that you go outside around 1.30am and let your eyes adjust to the darkness for 20 minutes.

You won't need binoculars or a telescope to view the shower like these are designed to see objects that stand still as opposed to moving ones.

The naked eye is best. [19659020] Read More

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